How to make fake coconuts

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How to make fake coconuts
Make your own faux coconuts through paper mache. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

Decorating for birthday parties, BBQs or Hawaiian parties doesn't have to be expensive. For just a few dollars and some quality time, you can make your own unique and creative decorations. Using paper mache coconuts can make your party a hit. Kids will love using them for coconut bowling. You can even make them mini pinatas filled with candy and toys.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Balloons
  • Newspaper
  • Flour
  • Water
  • Brown Paint
  • Paint brush
  • Mixing Spoon
  • Knife
  • Dried grass

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  1. 1

    Blow up as many balloons as you need for your desired number of coconuts. Blow balloons only up to the size of coconuts you wish.

  2. 2

    Mix 1 part flour with 1 part water with mixing spoon. For instance if using 1 cup of flour, mix with 1 cup of water.

  3. 3

    Cut some old newspaper into 2 inch strips.

  4. 4

    Dip newspaper into the flour-water mix.

  5. 5

    Place on balloon, covering completely, about two layers thick and let dry. Drying time usually takes 24 hours, sometimes a bit longer if you have heavier layers.

  6. 6

    Once the paper mache is dried, poke a sharp thin object, such as steak knife, through to pop the balloon inside. Be careful not to make too big of a hole.

  7. 7

    Collect dried grass and saturate them with the flour-water mix. Then place on balloon. Let dry overnight.

  8. 8

    Paint your coconuts brown and let dry at least 4 hours.

Tips and warnings

  • Adding a couple tablespoons of salt with help the paper mache not to mould, if you choose to keep them for a while.

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